Dell exits from netbook business

Remember netbooks? The small and light notebooks that first started appearing in 2008 and for a while they were everywhere. You couldn't get away from seeing small 10 inch PC notebooks in stores.

That was then; this is now. The rise of the tablet market, thanks to Apple's iPad, combined with the launch of thin-and-light ultraportables such as the MacBook Air and the recent launch of notebooks based on Intel's Ultrabooks design would seem to suggest that the netbook design days are over. News.com offers proof of that with word that Dell has shut down production of its 10 inch Dell Mini netbooks.

According to a Dell spokesperson, "We sold through the Dell Mini some time ago. We're committed to the highly portable space and have focused on delivering thin + powerful solutions, for which we've seen strong success, particularly in our XPS line."

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Netbooks were a horrible, horrible invention. Their screens were barely functional and they were incredibly constrained in comparison to laptops, both in terms of power and functionality. Tablets really do offer a better solution, along with touchscreen laptops. And the high DPI displays that are just around the corner will further embed their place in the tech landscape.

woh my area has a good bit of netbook users... most have acer's though. sen a few dells. there are more of these than tablets in my area.

the tablets that do dominate are galaxy tabs, kindle fires, and motos.

I have a couple of refurb Mini 10's, great little units, use one on trouble calls, I can get into tighter spaces (ie. small damn net closets) and get awesome battery life. It has all the power I need for my diagnostics. Other than some of them being a serious PITA to upgrade the RAM, loved 'em.

rijp said,
First Dell drops the streak, now the netbook.. any more wasteful money expenditures?

My experience says that they don't hesitate to abandon a product, not like other brands that fight for their products and see if they have success

I am surprised that they would be getting out of the business, anymore the only netbooks i see are the dell models which is strange because only 2 years ago everyone had an Acer Aspire One and now they all use the Dell Mini Devices. Then again I had been hoping that since the Tablet Market is picking up that there would be less and less Netbooks out there.

littleneutrino said,
I am surprised that they would be getting out of the business, anymore the only netbooks i see are the dell models which is strange because only 2 years ago everyone had an Acer Aspire One and now they all use the Dell Mini Devices. Then again I had been hoping that since the Tablet Market is picking up that there would be less and less Netbooks out there.

Yeah because Sony, Asus and HP netbooks are soooo obscure...

A tablet is good IF you like a larger PDA / Smart phone. A Netbook is BYO OS.. there *IS* a difference.... if you like using a device that is pre-configured, that's fine.. but a Netbook DOES have it's use.

littleneutrino said,
I am surprised that they would be getting out of the business, anymore the only netbooks i see are the dell models which is strange because only 2 years ago everyone had an Acer Aspire One and now they all use the Dell Mini Devices. Then again I had been hoping that since the Tablet Market is picking up that there would be less and less Netbooks out there.

Yeah because Sony, Asus and HP netbooks are soooo obscure...

A tablet is good IF you like a larger PDA / Smart phone. A Netbook is BYO OS.. there *IS* a difference.... if you like using a device that is pre-configured, that's fine.. but a Netbook DOES have it's use.

rijp said,

Yeah because Sony, Asus and HP netbooks are soooo obscure...

A tablet is good IF you like a larger PDA / Smart phone. A Netbook is BYO OS.. there *IS* a difference.... if you like using a device that is pre-configured, that's fine.. but a Netbook DOES have it's use.

Thank you. Can't run Snow Leopard or Slackware on a tablet.

rijp said,

Yeah because Sony, Asus and HP netbooks are soooo obscure...

A tablet is good IF you like a larger PDA / Smart phone. A Netbook is BYO OS.. there *IS* a difference.... if you like using a device that is pre-configured, that's fine.. but a Netbook DOES have it's use.

Not really: I have replaced my laptop with a Tablet since 2002 and it is a REAL computer. Now if you consider the iPad and clones this is a different story, I do not though.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Microsoft_Tablet_PC

I wonder why MS did not apply for a trademark on the word "Tablet"......... We would have much less confusion nowadays................

Fritzly said,

Not really: I have replaced my laptop with a Tablet since 2002 and it is a REAL computer. Now if you consider the iPad and clones this is a different story, I do not though.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Microsoft_Tablet_PC

I wonder why MS did not apply for a trademark on the word "Tablet"......... We would have much less confusion nowadays................

We're not referring to those tablets. Yes we know they're technically called tablets too.

Well, the bottom appears to have fallen out of the netbook market - these days everyone's focussing on tablets.

I still have my Mini 9 Hackintosh, which I use regularly to Skype my sister in the UK (who also uses an identical Mini 9 Hackintosh) - great little machine!

Cute James said,
Well, the bottom appears to have fallen out of the netbook market - these days everyone's focussing on tablets.

I still have my Mini 9 Hackintosh, which I use regularly to Skype my sister in the UK (who also uses an identical Mini 9 Hackintosh) - great little machine!

Is that an easy one to set up? Some of the hackintoshes take hunting around for just the right kexts and such...

Tuishimi said,

Is that an easy one to set up? Some of the hackintoshes take hunting around for just the right kexts and such...

I have an HP Mini Hackintosh which had a pretty big support community. All that had to be done was integrate the modded kexts into a install USB stick and then it was easy sailing. They made it pretty automated to create all that. It worked great stock, but to get Wifi working, I had to buy an older wifi chip on eBay for $10.

Haven't looked in a while, so I'm not sure if Lion ever got ported over.
Lots of info out there if you're interested.